snubbr.com

Does brand of Compact Flash Card matter?
Hi all. I just purchased my first Digital SLR adn am curious if some brands of Compact flash cards are better than others. The camera came with a 2 GB "DigitalFilm" branded card. Is this thing ok? Should I invest in something else?Thanks...

Comments (10)

Well. If the thing is working on receipt, then most likely it will continue to do so (and outlast your camera). Just make sure that it is working. i.e. take some quick snaps and download and view full size. Most likely it will have not have fast read-write speeds.



1. A visual inspection of card will tell you level of it's quality (look for poor printing, non-parallel lines, twisted sticker etc.)..

2. Such cards normally are made by umpteen chinese manufacturers, who may also be supplying these to reputed manufacturers. The difference lies in strictness of QC checks..

3. For peace of mind, it is always better to buy a branded card (any, not necessarily the top ones). Afterall your expensive DSLR is a waste if the card is not reliable or you doubt it's credibility..

Bpk wrote:.

Hi all. I just purchased my first Digital SLR adn am curious if somebrands of Compact flash cards are better than others. The camera camewith a 2 GB "DigitalFilm" branded card. Is this thing ok? Should Iinvest in something else?Thanks..

Best Wishes, Ajayhttp://picasaweb.google.com/ajay0612..

Comment #1

Thanks for the response, I went to Sandisks website to try and decipher some of it..

I purchased a Rebel XTi and am not sure if some of the super high end cards would be a waste in relation to the cameras capabilities...

Comment #2

Bpk wrote:.

I purchased a Rebel XTi and am not sure if some of the super high endcards would be a waste in relation to the cameras capabilities..

Those "super high end" cards are normally faster than their cheaper stablemates. I.e. you will get data onto and off the card quicker. Useful if you work with any kind of burst mode shooting. Also data will be downloaded to your computer more quickly.Your XTI is quite capable of making use of a fast card..

Just make sure you buy from a reputable dealer. Buying cheaply on Ebay will normally result in you getting a phoney...

Comment #3

Smart move getting the better card. The way I think there is nothing more important than what is on those cards..

For example...I believe I would rather have my whole camera bag stolen at a wedding than the cards with the wedding on them. Thats why I always keep the cards with me at all times..

'The moment you think your great is the moment you quit learning.'http://www.gawalters.com..

Comment #4

Bpk wrote:.

Hi all. I just purchased my first Digital SLR adn am curious if somebrands of Compact flash cards are better than others. The camera camewith a 2 GB "DigitalFilm" branded card. Is this thing ok? Should Iinvest in something else?.

Hi,.

This is a difficult one to answer as you should be matching the card to what you use the camera for. So a small, boringly slow one might just be perfect and save you some cash and, equally, a gee-whiz, super large and extra fast one might be ideal for you. As you are asking this question I suggest the answer is nearer the former type..

For a lot of people shaving a fraction of a second off of the time between shots is important and for others it doesn't notice. I still use cards I got with cameras seven or eight years ago and it's never bothered me but I never get more specialised than air shows..

As for investing: if you don't earn your living from the thing I'd say it's the last word you should use about anything digital. Have a look at last year's toys on ebay and see the price people get for them....

Thanks..

Part of the service..

Regards, David..

Comment #5

It's hard sometimes for me to shift out of the professional mode but to me the cards are the same now as film. I can only assume that each time you press the shutter that it was for an important reason otherwise you would have passed on it. So....I would no more rely on a cheap cartd as I would a cheap drugstore brand film....just my 2 cents worth..

P.S. I had one go through that whole wash, rinse and spin cycle and the images were still there and just fine and the card still works.'The moment you think your great is the moment you quit learning.'http://www.gawalters.com..

Comment #6

I notice the difference when I use slower cards on my D200. I've always had the impression that the faster cards were built to better tolerances and therefore more reliable but that is just my impression..

Don't buy cards off ebay or amazon, they are usually fakes. Keep an eye at retail stores, every once in a while they go on sale for very good prices, or use a reputable place like B&H online, they are usually pretty fair...

Comment #7

Thanks for the input, I think I'll invest in some "name brand" cards. I agree it's not worth it to risk photos by using a potentially sub-standard card.This is the nicest camera I've ever owned so I don't want to cheap out on it!..

Comment #8

Bpk wrote:.

Thanks for the input, I think I'll invest in some "name brand" cards.I agree it's not worth it to risk photos by using a potentiallysub-standard card.This is the nicest camera I've ever owned so I don't want to cheapout on it!.

Good decision.Sandisk and Lexar are the main brands to go for..

Kingston is also good, but (at least here) hard to get and they don't (AFAIK) make really fast cards..

In my experience it's better to get multiple smaller cards than a single huge one.Cards can fail, and if it happens you'd rather loose 2GB of images than 8 or 16..

I've had an 8GB card fail that was almost full. Half a day of shooting gone, and on a one time event so I could not reshoot any of it..

Prompted me to get smaller cards instead and keep the big one I got as a warranty replacement as a spare..

And yes, Sandisk warranty is excellent. They offered to try and recover the lost data under warranty (but sadly failed), and got a replacement card to me in under 48 hours.I'd dealt with them before for other products, and that response is typical...

Comment #9

Jwenting wrote:.

And yes, Sandisk warranty is excellent. They offered to try andrecover the lost data under warranty (but sadly failed), and got areplacement card to me in under 48 hours..

The Lexar cards come with a data recovery program actually on the card with instructions on how to get the program onto your computer. I don't know whether it works or not - been lucky so far!..

Comment #10

Click Here to View All...

Sponsored Amazon Deals:

1. Get big savings on Amazon warehouse deals.
2. Save up to 70% on Amazon Products.


This question was taken from a support group/message board and re-posted here so others can learn from it.

 

Categories: Home | Diet & Weight Management | Vitamins & Supplements | Herbs & Cleansing |

Sexual Health | Medifast Support | Nutrisystem Support | Medifast Questions |

Web Hosting | Web Hosts | Website Hosting | Hosting |

Web Hosting | GoDaddy | Digital Cameras | Best WebHosts |

Web Hosting FAQ | Web Hosts FAQ | Hosting FAQ | Hosting Group |

Hosting Questions | Camera Tips | Best Cameras To Buy | Best Cameras This Year |

Camera Q-A | Digital Cameras Q-A | Camera Forum | Nov 2010 - Cameras |

Oct 2010 - Cameras | Oct 2010 - DSLRs | Oct 2010 - Camera Tips | Sep 2010 - Cameras |

Sep 2010 - DSLRS | Sep 2010 - Camera Tips | Aug 2010 - Cameras | Aug 2010 - DSLR Tips |

Aug 2010 - Camera Tips | July 2010 - Cameras | July 2010 - Nikon Cameras | July 2010 - Canon Cameras |

July 2010 - Pentax Cameras | Medifast Recipes | Medifast Recipes Tips | Medifast Recipes Strategies |

Medifast Recipes Experiences | Medifast Recipes Group | Medifast Recipes Forum | Medifast Support Strategies |

Medifast Support Experiences |

 

(C) Copyright 2010 All rights reserved.